Viking has signed a “spellbinding” new novel from Tana French about a retired Chicago police officer who moves to a small rural Irish town, and is drawn into the mystery of a missing boy.
Publisher Katy Loftus bought UK and Commonwealth rights for The Searcher from Darley Anderson at the Darley Anderson Literary Agency. It will be published on 5th November 2020.
Anderson said: “After reading The Searcher I have found it difficult to move on to read another book. It’s that good. Only very special novels have that effect on a reader. Tana French is peerless”.
The Dublin author moved to Viking with her first standalone novel The Wych Elm in 2019, which became a Sunday Times bestseller, garnered rave reviews and notched up a Waterstones Thriller of the Month selection in paperback. The BBC and RTE TV adaptation of French’s Dublin Murder Squad series also aired in the summer
Loftus said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Tana French has chosen to stay with Viking for this new and utterly spellbinding novel. Her fans are going to love this journey outside Dublin, into the mountains and quiet woods of rural Ireland, where some of the darkest crimes are lying in wait.’
French added: “I'm over the moon to be back with Viking. They worked magic with The Wych Elm (plus they're some of the loveliest people around), and I can't wait to see what they'll do with The Searcher.”
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